Long, long ago, I shared my inspiration for where I want to take our home office, and these “Before” photos – Beige walls, shaggy cat pee reeking carpet, and a hodgepodge of bookshelves, mismatched desks, and printers sitting on blue totes containing our files.
Remember that? I’m glad it’s a distant memory now. One Saturday morning I awoke to a clatter, and when I came to the living room I discovered all of our office stuff crammed into the living and dining rooms, and the carpet ripped out. It was a bitter sweet surprise. On the one hand, I was excited that Brian took initiative to tear into the project, and on the other, I knew we didn’t even have new flooring purchased, and I dreaded having to eat on the couch and navigate the stacks of books for months on end.
Thankfully, we made good time. Brian repainted the room while I was traveling to a lovely light blue.
And after a few more weeks, we found matching bamboo flooring and a friend willing to spend a day helping lay it. Thanks Paul!
Then we moved the hodgepodge back inside the now bright and happy space.
The balance of serenity and warmth is why I tore this photo out of Better Homes and Gardens years ago. I like the productivity boosting color scheme of blues and grays with natural textures – modern, but with warmth.
Style #1: Classic
Style #2: Wildcard
As I mentioned previously, I now have a home office. Now that I’m in the real working world, I’ve been browsing for ideas to make said home office a creative haven, oozing inspiration and ideas from every angle. And, for fun, I’m pretending that money is no object when designing my dream office. Here’s a few ideas I would love to recreate.
Since the closet is on the craft side of the room, this would work perfectly to store my ribbons and other supplies:
This is what I have in mind for curtains. This is a DIY project! Here’s the tutorial.
A little touch of these shabby chic and beachy ellements:
I want, no NEED this above my craft table! Ahhhh, it brings joy to my organization-loving heart:
This is nifty, even though I don’t really need two small desks. But I love the colors and the file baskets, and the prints hanging on the wall:
This home office is from an apartment that was featured in Better Homes and Gardens a while back. I love just about everything about it: the blue and white ikat chair, bins of fabric, the weathered desk, the sort of nautical feel from the lamps, and all the organized folders, bins, and baskets.
I love these lamps and the color scheme in this office, although it’s a little too bright for my taste:
Since I already have a black desk, this color scheme would be ideal. I love the beachy touch with the coral too, and I love blue and white china:
I’ll take that Mac computer too!
What’s your organizing style? This fun quiz over at Better Homes and Gardens defines your organizational style and offers organizing solutions to fit your needs. I got “Librarian: detailed and a taskmaster, energetic, a perfectionist, sometimes to a fault.” Pretty accurate! Take the quiz, and let me know what you got!
I’m not a big fan of change. But Monday night, I had an idea: what if I made the spare room currently occupied by the dog my office/craft room? I mentioned it to Brian while we were eating dinner, along with the following list:
- I’d have a whole room all to myself and my creative ideas.
- The dog really doesn’t need his own room.
- My desk and the dog’s crate are close in size, so it’d take a simple swap.
- I could listen to my music without commentary from Brian (“Your music is weird!”)
- Brian could listen to his music without my commentary (“Could you please turn that down?!”)
- It would mean a change of scenery.
The next morning, I awoke to bumping and banging in the hallway. I knew instantly what was going on, even before Brian came in with a huge grin, “I’ve got a surprise for you!”
The craft corner: